Planning 101: 19 Ways to use a Planner


Most people who buy a planner love the customization of ring bound systems, as well as arc and spiral bound systems. One planner leads to another planner and before you know it, you have a collection of planners. Some people choose to use one at a time and switch between planners depending on the month or season. If you prefer to put your planners to work instead of leaving them on a shelf, I have put together a list of ways to put those planners to use.

  1. Inspiration Binder – Use this binder to store inspirational quotes, ideas, magazine or newspaper clippings. Write a paragraph here or there when you see something you like. You can include anything you like.
  2. Health and Fitness log – With the New Year right around the corner, what better way to track your health and fitness goals than in a planner? Log your goals and your progress as you go along. Kikki-K also has an article on how to make your planner into a Wellness Binder.
  3. Gratitude Binder- Create a planner for you to write something that you are grateful for. You can write daily, weekly or as often as you choose.
  4. Blog Planning – Keep track of ideas and due dates in this planner. Plan time ahead and schedule posts. This comes in very handy, especially when going on a vacation or when life takes you somewhere unexpected.
  5. Home Planner – In your home planner, Alexis from Strange and Charmed suggests keeping important documents such as insurance, warranties, etc. You can also use this as a main planner to keep appointments and important dates for the family.
  6. Meal planning – Figuring out what’s for dinner everyday can be a bit stressful, especially when working. Plan your meals ahead so you have one less thing to worry about each day.
  7. Journaling – You can jot down things you did or write a page or two describing the details of your day. Some people who have tried journaling started off with trying to write everyday which could be a bit overwhelming. Start your journaling off slow, here are a few ways for you to get started. Here is an example of how to get a journal started.
  8. Financial Planner – Many people struggle with keeping their finances in check. Start the year off right with a financial planner. Track spending, income and bills.
  9. Video Planning – For those of you with YouTube channels, use a Video planner to track the videos you’ve done, plan on when to make new ones and keep yourself on track.
  10. School – Use a school binder to keep track of assignments, due dates, classes and contacts of you partners and your professors/teachers.
  11. Address Book- Gather all those address pages that you’ve never used and put them into one binder so it’s easily accessible if anything were to happen to your phone.
  12. Church – Use a planner for writing down notes from service, jotting down your own ideas or interpretations, or as a bible journal.
  13. Scrapbook – Keep track of special events by decorating pages in your planner. You can do this directly on the weekly pages or on blank sheets of notepaper.
  14. Wedding planner – Have a wedding coming up? Use a planner to keep track of your guest lists, budget, bridal party, groomsmen, and all the people who help you along the way. Later you can look back on this and even share it with your children.
  15. Notebook – You can use a planner as a notebook for multiple categories. Photography, brain dumps, sports, or just to jot down an idea here or there.
  16. Travel – Keep track of all the places your visit while you travel. Store your train tickets, plane tickets, and stubs for all the places you visit. You can later add these to a scrapbook or a journal.
  17. Vehicle – Keep a planner in your car to keep track of battery changes, tire changes, accidents, payment and anything else related to the upkeep of your vehicle. This also makes it a lot easier if you ever plan to sell your vehicle.
  18. Storage – When you’ve finished using your insert, store the pages in a planner that you are no longer using.
  19. Wallet – Pocket and personal size planners are the best sizes to use as a wallet. Keep your important cards such as your license, and credit cards in the side pockets. Use business card holders to carry the rest of your store rewards cards and anything else that you would carry in your wallet. Here is an idea of how to turn your planner into a wallet.

If you have any other ideas, I’d would love to hear them. Or if you have a picture to share of how you’re using all your planners, please leave a comment below.


Planning 101: Lingo and Terms

Have you ever seen a planner for sale posts, planner DIY tutorial, or planner photo caption and thought to yourself, “what in the world do these phrases and letters mean?”


*For sale post created for example only. Photo credit: Ashley Witt (Kate Spade Planners Club)

Being a “newbie” to the planner world can be a little intimidating, especially when you see posts like the one above. But fear not, we’re here to help! We’re bringing you a brief guide to planner terms that you may see in online forums, shops, and social media postings.


A4: uses paper size 8.27 in x 11.69 in, slightly similar to a full sheet of paper

A5: uses paper size 5.83 in x 8.27, slightly similar to a half sheet of paper

BNIP: brand new in package

BST: acronym for “buy, sell, trade”

BUMP: acronym for “bring up my post”

CC: color crush

“compact” size: similar to personal size but with smaller rings

dashboard: usually kept at the front of a planner for decoration or to hold notes

dividers: these separate pages in your planner, and usually have tabs or some kind of label

DISO: acronym for “desperately in search of”

dream planner: a planner someone hopes to own one day

EUC: acronym for “excellent used condition”

fauxdori: a style based off of a Midori traveler’s notebook, hence “faux”

FC: Franklin Covey brand

FF or Filofax: a brand of planners, most commonly used when referring to sizes

following/*: following the post to get notifications of comments/responses

FSO: acronym for “for sale only”

F&F: meaning “friends and family,” a Paypal payment option

GUC: acronym for “good used condition”

guts: another term for inserts or content inside planner

G&S: meaning “goods and services,” a Paypal payment option

inserts: the pages used in a planner such as calendars, notes, etc.

ISO: acronym for “in search of”

kikki.K: a brand of planners based in Australia

KSW: stands for “Kate Spade Wellesley,” a specific planner

LV: stands for Louis Vuitton

NWT: acronym for “new with tags”

NWOT: acronym for “new without tags”

“other” folder: a folder on Facebook where messages from people who are not your friends go.

“personal” size: uses paper size 3.74 in x 6.73 in

“pocket” size: uses paper size 3.19 in x 4.72 in

PP: PayPal

PP/Paypal ready: ready to pay via Paypal, usually within an hour or so

PM: stands for private message

printable: content that can be printed at home, usually a worksheet or insert

RAK: Random act of kindness, usually in reference to a gift sent/received in surprise

TFS: acronym for “thanks for sharing”

TIA: acronym for “thanks in advanced”

washi: (washi tape) decorative Japanese tape, usually made out of paper

Wo1P: a calendar insert format meaning week on one page

Wo2P: a calendar insert format meaning week on two pages

unicorn: a rare and hard to find planner (usually a sold out style)

Know of any other acronyms or terms that we didn’t mention? Feel free to share your knowledge and leave a comment below!

Planning 101: Refillable Planners

So you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your very first refillable planner. There are plenty of benefits to having a refillable planner and this option is highly customizable for the person who knows exactly what they want in a planner.

However, after a little bit of research you find that there are so many choices. What size should I choose? Which brand should I go with? Where will I get my inserts? While getting started with refillable planners is no easy feat, we are here to give you the basic knowledge to get you started.


There are quite a few brands of planners. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Filofax– This vendor offers tons of different styles, refills, and planner accessories. Filofax refers to their refillable planners as “personal organizers.” They also have notebooks, electronics accessories, folders, portfolios, pens, and pencils. Filofax offers new designs and colors and retires old styles once in awhile but for the most part their planners are consistent. It’s relatively easy to find these planners from Amazon and other resellers, and there are even options to buy these used at a discounted price point. Prices for new planners range from $58 and up.


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kikki.K– kikki.K is a one stop shop for all your stationery needs. They call their refillable planners “time planners” and they sell new designs each year. This means if you see a planner you like, do not hesitate to get it because once it’s gone you won’t see it on their site again. kikki.K offers nylon and leather planners. Prices for these planners range from $39.95-$79.95.

2017 Planners

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Franklin Covey– Franklin Covey also offers many designs of planners. On their website they refer to their planners as “binders.” Some designs are available for purchase longer than others and they come in nylon, leather and simulated leather. These planners start at $39.95.

Kate Spade– Kate Spade offers their refillable planners yearly around October. We are unsure of whether or not Kate Spade will be offering refillable planners again this year, but keep checking back to their site. Prices are $60 or more depending on the sales.

Louis Vuitton– Before you cringe at the LV price tag, remember: you get what you pay for. Louis Vuitton planners tend to be of higher quality, like many of their leather goods. On their website they refer to their planners as “ring agenda covers.” Prices for their planners start at $365.

Sizes available

Each brand refers to the sizes of their planners a little differently however most people will refer to Filofax sizes when speaking generally.

Filofax- mini, pocket, compact, personal, A5, and A4

kikki.K- small, medium, large and the brand-specific “Personal Time Planner.”

Franklin Covey- pocket, compact, classic, and monarch

Kate Spade- small and large

Louis Vuitton- small, medium, and large



Based on Filofax sizes, here are the sizes of the size of the inserts for each size planner:


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Each of the companies mentioned above provide inserts for the planners they make and sell. If the inserts that are included with the planner you purchase do not work for you, there are many other options you can choose from. offers many different printable inserts for free. Etsy also has a variety of sellers who make printable and printed inserts. In order to find inserts on Etsy try searching “(size) inserts” or “(size) planner refills.”

If you are still unsure as to what size planner you would like to get, try cutting or folding some paper and carry it around with you for a week or two. If you find that the pages are too small or too big try the next size until you find something that will work for your needs.

If you use this guide to buy your first planner, we would love to hear how this helped you and how you like your new planner. Feel free to email us or leave a comment below!